Week two of the MLS season saw some seriously cold conditions as well as controversy.
Coldest MLS game ever warms Atlanta’s hearts
The talk of the league surrounded Atlanta United’s trip to Minnesota, when the two sides met at TCF Bank Stadium. The game was recorded as the coldest MLS game ever, but the snow did not dampen the visitors’ spirits as they routed Minnesota 6-1. Atlanata striker Josef Martinez bagged a hat-trick and Minnesota broke a duck themselves, scoring their first ever goal in the MLS through a Kevin Molino penalty.
Giovinco injury dampens Toronto FC spirits
Toronto travelled to Philadelphia to play the Union and when the sides met, they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. As entertaining aa the game was, the major talking point to emerge was Sebastian Giovinco limping off the pitch just before half time as a Union player caught his leg. Giovinco had no more part to play, and Toronto fans will be hoping that his injury is not a lengthy one.
Seattle leave it late to spoil the party
For the second week in a row, Seattle Sounders had to travel away and this time is was to neighbouring Canada, where they took on Montreal Impact. It was another pulsating game and Montreal opened the scoring via Matteo Mancosu, who rounded goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Ignacio Piatti then doubled the hosts’ advantage with a brilliant solo goal just after half time. Seattle eventually got on the board through a Nicolas Lodeiro penalty in the 82nd minute. With seconds remanning, a Montreal win appeared certain, but Will Bruin had other ideas, smashing home a rebounded ball in the 93rd minute.
Goalless, but full of entertainment in Kansas
Most see 0-0 draws as boring, but that was not the case between Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas. Yes, the scoreline was not flashy, nor were there goals, but the football and chances both teams had made for some pulsating viewing. There were 20 shots at goal throughout the match and 14 of those came from home side Sporting, but just two were on target. Dallas went close to opening the scoring, only for excellent goalkeeping by Tim Melia to deny them. Dallas’ next attempt went even nearer as Cristian Colman’s shot hit the crossbar. It was a totally different Kansas City after that, creating multiple goalscoring opportunities.
David Ousted red card overshadows comeback kings
As far as controversial fixtures go, the Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes takes the cake. Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted saw red in a debatable but fair descion when he came out of the 18-yard box and clipped Chris Wondolowski in just the 22nd minute. Before the incident, the Whitecaps scored in the second minute when the Earthquakes defence were caught off-guard with a booming ball forward. It got worse for San Jose in the 17th minute, again caught off-guard to allow Nicolas Mezquida in. But the red card changed everything. The Earthquakes stormed back into the match and eventually overturned the result in the 79th minute for a memorable 3-2 home win.